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Europe’s 7 grandest hotels

If you liked Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, then these fine European establishments will make the movie come to life for you.

Using internal data, Booking.com filtered down its portfolio of properties to provide a list worthy of comparison to Wes Anderson’s fictional marvel.

According to Booking.com customers*, these luxurious accommodations are the next best thing.

The Corinthia's elegant Spa Royale, complete with stained-glass ceiling

The Corinthia's elegant Spa Royale, complete with stained-glass ceiling

Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary

The Corinthia Hotel Budapest embodies old-world grace and grandeur. From the high ceilings and the endless marble to the centerpiece staircase and the ballroom, the whole thing is extravagant but totally tasteful. Expect seamless service and impeccable facilities, namely the Spa Royale, where you can gaze up at the stained-glass ceiling while doing a length of backstroke.

A panoramic view over the Gulf of Naples from Bellevue Syrene's terrace

A panoramic view over the Gulf of Naples from Bellevue Syrene's terrace

Bellevue Syrene, Italy

High on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Bellevue Syrene’s location couldn’t be any better. The hotel was built upon the ruins of a Roman villa and this reincarnation offers all of the luxury that would have been afforded to its Roman aristocratic residents. It retains plenty of rustic details, including frescoes and colonnades covered in jasmine and agapanthas. Best of all is its enchanting terrace, shaded by blooming wisteria and looking out to sea with Mount Vesuvius’ hazy outline in the background. Check out the hotel’s Instagram for photography that’ll make you want to book immediately.

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof's infinity pool boasts dreamlike mountain views

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof's infinity pool boasts dreamlike mountain views

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Switzerland

Said to have been inspiration for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, the historic Grand Hotel Kronenhof boasts all of the director’s charming pastel palettes and fairytale surrealism. Set amid the Swiss Alps and their evergreen pine forests, the views, the fresh mountain air and the stillness make a stay here both relaxing and refreshing. Be sure to make use of the state-of-the-art indoor infinity pool, with glass windows overlooking the mountains and underwater ambient music.

A dining room befitting of a palace – Beau-Rivage

A dining room befitting of a palace – Beau-Rivage

Beau-Rivage Palace, Switzerland

Right on the edge of Lake Geneva, in Lausanne, stands the Beau-Rivage Palace. The main building is an Art Deco mansion planted in the middle of acres of manicured gardens. You’ll also find two tennis courts, a gym, an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and treatment rooms within the Cinq Mondes Spa. For gourmands, there is the two-star Michelin restaurant ‘Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau Rivage Palace’, the sushi-bar Miyako, the French deluxe brasserie ‘Café Beau-Rivage’ and the Italian ‘Accademia’.

The plush interiors of Austria's Hotel Sacher Wein

The plush interiors of Austria's Hotel Sacher Wein

Hotel Sacher Wien, Austria

Hotel Sacher Wein feels like a stately home. Located opposite Vienna’s Opera House, the ornate façade is eye-catching and once inside, the décor is equally grand. Vast chandeliers, velvet upholstery and wood panelling will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era, not to mention the hotel’s own art gallery housing important 19th-century works. Finally, don’t leave without trying the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake filled with apricot that was invented at this very hotel.

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin's prime location right next to the Brandenburg Gate

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin's prime location right next to the Brandenburg Gate

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Germany

The original Hotel Adlon opened in Berlin in 1907 but was ravaged by fire at the end of WWII and didn’t reopen for 52 years. But the new version is the ideal tribute. Photos dating back to its opening adorn the walls and the aesthetic is all antique mahogany furniture and opulent fabrics. Step out of the old-fashioned but sophisticated cream marble lobby and you’ll be right on Pariser Platz staring up at the Brandenburg Gate.

Just seconds from Champs-Élysées, you'll find Le Royal Manceau

Just seconds from Champs-Élysées, you'll find Le Royal Manceau

Hôtel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, France

Seconds from the Champs-Élysées, Le Royal Manceau has a glowing reputation as a luxurious and exclusive sanctuary in central Paris. Its roster of famous guests ranges from Winston Churchill to Madonna, though its atmosphere is low-key Parisian.

The decadent lobby of Le Palais Art Hotel Prague

The decadent lobby of Le Palais Art Hotel Prague

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague, Czech Republic

The recently renovated Palais Art Hotel Prague is a luxury spa hotel that was initially built as a residential palace. It’s a shining example of Belle Époque architecture and the inside is irresistibly decadent, with large bath tubs, balconies, and fireplaces in most rooms. Join the well-heeled diners in the in-house Artista restaurant for haute cuisine with exceptional views of the city.

*The criteria accommodations needed to meet to be featured on this list were as follows: all accommodations are 5, all accommodations are hotels, all accommodations have been on Booking.com for ten years or longer, all accommodations have a concierge, indoor pool, spa and wellness centre and a restaurant, all accommodations are in: France, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic.

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